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Re: [opensuse] Now what? Glibc bug, vulnerability
On 02/17/2016 11:12 AM, Stevens wrote:
MHO, the only thing that has given Linux the perception of being so
secure is the fact that with such a small installed desktop base it just
hasn't been worth the effort to develop malicious code when attacking
Windows is so much more lucrative. But those days are past. Android is
(sorta) Linux and look at how it is attacked because it is #1 OS on the
planet. But, I digress ...

Considering that for a long time now many of the high-value machines in
banking and commerce run on Linux, I think the issue of the desktop is
irrelevant. If the Hackers really were following Sutton's Law[1] as
Mike Danseglio[2] once said, then Linux is certainly a high profile target.

[2] From My DatabaseOfDotSigQuotes:

In 2006, the attackers want to pay the rent. They don't want to write a
worm that destroys your hardware. They want to assimilate your computers
and use them to make money.
-- Mike Danseglio, program manager in the Security Solutions group at
Microsoft, April 4, 2006

A: Yes.
> Q: Are you sure?
>> A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
>>> Q: Why is top posting frowned upon?

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